Former F1 racer Bruno Senna has joined McLaren’s factory GT programme.
The Brazilian, whose late uncle Ayrton Senna won all three of his Formula 1 world titles with McLaren, will race alongside Alvaro Parente, Rob Bell and Kevin Estre.
Senna, who has raced intermittently for Aston Martin in the GTE class of the World Endurance Championship since 2013, will complete development work with the new McLaren 650S GT3 and Sprint cars and will drive GT3 at selected races this year.
“It is a great honour for me to be joining McLaren; a team my uncle enjoyed such huge success with, and one of the most famous names in motorsport,” Senna said.
“2015 is a big year for the whole of McLaren, and it is an exciting time to be part of everything that is taking place.
“I am looking forward to working with the team at McLaren GT who I had a chance to get to know when I raced at the Spa 24 hour a couple of years ago, and I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the new 650S.
“A lot of effort has gone into the development of the car since the 12C GT3, which I raced, and it made a big impression on its debut at the end of last season. It is shaping up to be a big year ahead.”
Senna, who is currently racing in the Formula E series, made his F1 debut with HRT in 2010, racing briefly for Lotus at the tail-end of 2011, before a year with Williams.
The Brazilian’s 2015 race schedule is expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
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